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Jimbo Trout and the Fish People band
Jimbo Trout and the Fish People band

Since 1992, the intrepid Fishpeople have been the essence of the bluegrass-ish sound.  This San Francisco-based band seamlessly crafts a good-time gumbo of bluegrass, blues, swing, ragtime, honky-tonk, early rock+roll, cowboy, jazz, western-swing,  Appalachian, New Orleans and more. And audiences can’t help notice that these top musicians are having a ball while they are playing.  Folks of all ages will be tapping their toes when JimBo Trout and the Fishpeople are playing!  With a songbook over 400 songs deep and personality to spare, JimBo Trout and the Fishpeople perform regularly for dances, restaurants, weddings, house concerts, children’s events, nightclubs, cafes, funerals, and parties.

 

Jimbo Trout
Jimbo Trout

JimBo has lead The Fishpeople since 1992 with his hard, fast picking on the guitar and banjo, raw lead vocals, and wry wit. Along the way JimBo has also worked with Trout’s Rustic Revelers, Trout’s Jug Thumpers, and The Van Trout Family Singers, among others. He hosts the monthly bluegrass jam at The Atlas Cafe (since 1998).

 

Steve Bass
Steve Bass
Steve keeps things swinging like they should with his string-bass and harmony vocals. Steve is well remembered for his past work with The Wags.
Steve is also currently keeping funky with The Swoop Unit.

 

 

Leif Lobster Klambake Karlstrom
Leif Lobster Klambake Karlstrom
The latest fiddle phenom in the Fishpeople family is Leif Lobster Klambake Karlstrom, a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Leif is known for his relentless creativity and drive. He has been getting a lot of playing done in the last few years, and you have probably seen him playing with The Heeldraggers, Front Country, Eric McFadden, Misisipi Mike, or at The Atlas Cafe Bluegrass Jam. When Leif isn’t rocking out on the fiddle, he dabbles as a geologist.

 

Greg Laakso
Greg Laakso

Greg Laakso is one of the swingingest horn players around. His clarinet and saxophone work with The Chazz Cats will not soon be forgotten.

 

 

Annie Staninec
Annie Staninec

Annie Staninec is one of the most exciting young fiddlers on the scene today. Whether it be bluegrass, gypsy jazz, or Hillbilly Bebop-Boogie, Annie is known for her fast, fiery improvisations. And she always looks like she’s having such a great time! Annie has been a member of such Bay Area groups as Dark Hollow, All Wrecked Up , and Donner Mountain Bluegrass Band, among others. Currently she tours with N. Carolina bluegrass band Town Mountain.

 

Kevin Gerzevitz
Kevin Gerzevitz
Piano players are often known as professor in the music business, and Kevin Gerzevitz certainly earns that title working as a music teacher, engineer, scorer of films, and multi-instrumentalist. He also currently performs rebetika music on violin and baglama with The Disciples of Markos.

 

 

David Phillips
David Phillips

David Phillips has played steel guitar with so many fantastic acts, that it makes a short list look long! He has recorded with Tom Waits and performed with the San Francisco Symphony. Currently, he performs with Big Lou’s Polka Casserole, Peter Rowan’s Free Mexican Airforce, and Big B’s Snakeoil Saviors, among many others.